March 1, 2011

Planning a Garden

I don’t claim to have a green thumb. As a matter of fact, last year my garden was ravaged by bunnies! In the dark of the night they came and nibbled my green bean plants to nothing! However, I have been planting gardens with my parents since I was about eight. I always loved the day my dad decided to start the garden. Though, my dad is very precise when it comes to planting- so precise that he uses two stakes and a string to make sure every row is straight! I DO NOT do that! I just eyeball it.

This year I’m planting

  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Green Peppers
  • Banana Peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Pumpkin
  • Red Onions
  • Yellow Onions
  • JalapeƱos
  • Basil
  • Cilantro

The first thing I did was made a list of things I wanted in my garden. Then I went to http://www.burpee.com/ to find the varieties that grew best in zone 9. (If you don’t know your planting zone just enter your zip code on their website!)

Then, when it was still too cold outside, I started some plants from seed indoors. I used the basil seeds from last year’s basil plant, pumpkin, and banana pepper seeds. I started the seeds on February 9th and look at them now-

I now have these outside on the back patio. I’ll put them in the garden in another week or so when they’ve grown a little bigger. In the meantime, I’ve started some other plants indoors including cucumbers, zucchini, and cilantro.

Out in the back yard I spent last weekend rototilling a spot for my garden. When it was tilled up I mixed in a bag of odorless manure to enrich the soil. Then with the help of my husband we built a chicken wire fence around it to keep the bunnies out.

After that was done, I drew out the garden on paper and decided where I wanted everything to go. When doing this think about what kind of sunlight each plant needs and how much sun your garden gets. I planted my strawberries and tomatoes in the spot that got the most sun. Then remember that vine plants such as pumpkin, cucumber, and zucchini take up a lot of space and can take over a garden.

After that I lay everything out without actually planting it.

Before I put everything in the ground I make plant markers. I do this because I don’t want to forget what anything is. This is especially important when planting seeds or two different kinds of the same plant.

I would love to know what your growing in your garden or any of your gardening tips!

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